ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Four members of the Maute Group who was also involved in the killing of a police official in Marawi City two years ago, were arrested by authorities Thursday, March 16.
Major General Carlito Galvez, Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, identified the arrested Maute group members as Pao Panganga alias Pao Faizal; Alex Areg Bagul; Alisata Tumao Maute; and, Saadra Macapanton Madayan.
Galvez said they were arrested in law enforcement operations by Task Force ZamPeLan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao) troops around 3 a.m. Thursday in the towns of Piagapo and Saguiran, Lanao del Sur.
Galvez said the suspects are being sought by the authorities for their involvement in different atrocities such as kidnapping, killings, carnapping, extortion, and illegal drugs trade in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
He said the suspects are also responsible in the killing of Superintendent Abner Wahab Santos, the former Marawi City police director on October 17, 2015.
He said Panganga was involved in the series of kidnappings in Marawi City more notably, the abduction of Mindanao State university employee Omira Lotao on March 5, this year.
He said the arrest of the suspects was a result of good planning, coordination, and execution aided by vital intelligence from local government and the communities.
“We commend this civilian-military partnership. A united endeavor as this translates to peace and security that in turn shall spur progress in that part of Mindanao. Security forces can best help rid the country of criminal and criminal syndicates and bring about a peaceful if the people will help us help them,” Galvez added.
Galvez said the troops have recovered an improvised bomb, three high-power firearms, a pistol and illegal drugs paraphernalia from the suspects’ possessions. (SunStar Philippines)
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